Creamy One Pot Chicken Rice and Mushrooms

A one-pan creamy chicken and rice dish the complete the number of families will love!  Cook the rice and chicken all in the equal pan.  Add only a touch of cream together with the chicken stock for a creamy chicken and rice dish!


Ingredients
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons vegetable canola or light olive oil
8 oz cremini mushrooms sliced
1 cup uncooked white rice
3 cloves garlic chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 1/4 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Sliced onions for garnish

Instructions
Heat pan to medium-high heat.  Rub the chicken breasts with the oil and place it in a hot pan.  (not putting any oil into the pan itself).  Let cook for 3-4 minutes and turn.  The chicken will release easily from the pan once it is at a perfect sear.  Turn and cook another 3-4 minutes.
Remove seared chicken from skillet (chicken will not be fully cooked but will continue to cook with rice).
Add mushrooms to the hot pan. Cook until caramelized and brown. About 4-5 minutes.  Do not salt.  Salting the mushrooms before will keep them from getting perfectly brown. 
Add uncooked rice, garlic, and oregano.
Saute until garlic is fragrant, about 2-3 minutes.
Add chicken stock, cream. salt and pepper to rice mixture.
Nestle chicken on top of rice and reduce heat to medium.
Cover pan.   Continue to cook on the stovetop for 20-25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and chicken is cooked through to 165 degrees internally.
Garnish with sliced green onions if desired.  Serve with simple veggies like steamed broccoli or cauliflower.

Recipe Notes
Notes:
You can make this with 2-4 chicken breasts without altering the recipe.  You can see my chicken was a big one so I only used two! 
When searing the chicken it is best to use vegetable, canola, or peanut oil as it has a higher smoking point.  But if all you have is olive oil, that will work too.
You can omit the cream if you like and still get great rice.   I like the bit of cream with the mushrooms.   And a 1/4 cup won't clog my arteries.
Serve with a simple steamed veggie like broccoli or cauliflower for a complete meal!